A reservation is required for a tour of the U.S. Capitol. Visit the Plan a Visit page for information on how to obtain a reservation.

Suggested Itineraries

Tours of the Capitol

All visitors view the historic areas of the Capitol on a guide-led tour. The tour includes visiting the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall. The tour does not include visiting the Senate and House Galleries, which require separate passes.

The Capitol Visitor Center welcomes visitors from across the United States and around the world. Identification is not required to enter the Capitol or to enjoy a tour.

All tours, programs and activities are free of charge.

Have an hour?

Have an hour?

Take the 45-minute U.S. Capitol Tour. This guide-led tour takes visitors to the historic areas of the Capitol including the Crypt, the Rotunda, and Statuary Hall. Before the tour starts, you’ll see the brief orientation film, “Out of Many, One,” which describes how we come together as a nation to govern ourselves. Please note that the tour does not include visiting the Senate and House Galleries, which require separate passes.

Have an afternoon?

Animated Galleries

Stop by the Visitor Galleries of the chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate. If Congress is in session, you might see legislative history being made! Passes are required and may be obtained from your Representative or Senators. International visitors may inquire about passes at the House or Senate Appointment Desks in the Capitol Visitor Center.

Make a day of it!

Botanic Garden

Start with the Capitol tour, check out the exhibits and statues in Emancipation Hall, and watch Congress in session.

Explore the offerings of our Capitol Hill neighbors – the Library of Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Botanic Garden.


Visitors may request wheelchairs from any Capitol Visitor Center staff wearing red vests or jackets or at one of the Coat Check stations just inside the main entrance. A non-passport photo ID is needed to borrow a wheelchair. The Coat Check station closes at 4:15 p.m. each day.

Listening devices with audio descriptions of the films and exhibition in English are available at the Information Desks. All films have open captioning in English.

Capitol Visitor Center brochures are available in Braille, large print and html formats at the Information Desks in Emancipation Hall.

To contact the Office of Congressional Accessibility Services call 202.224.4048 (voice) or 202.224.4049 (TTY).

Please visit our Accessibility Services page for a complete list of services.